Monday, February 17, 2014
Man Found Guilty On Four Counts of Attempted Murder (But Only Attempted Murder) After Killing Black Teen For Playing Loud Music
Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a heated argument between the two over loud music in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently found guilty on three counts of 2nd-degree murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile. But the jury deadlocked on the 1st degree murder count (the charge for actually killing Davis). Later, a mistrial was declared on that 1st degree murder count.
47-year old Dunn, who is from Georgia, faces a minimum of 60 years on the three 2nd-degree attempted murder charges and 15 years on the throwing a deadly missile count. Each count of 2nd-degree attempted murder carries a maximum of 30 years (for a total of 90 years).
During the trial, Dunn testified that Davis had threatened him and that he thought he saw a gun sticking out of the Dodge Durango. But his father, Ron Davis, said that his son was a good kid and didn't deserve to be collateral damage in an argument over loud music.
While the verdict was being read aloud, Dunn looked ahead solemnly with a frown, but he did not cry. He was next ordered back into the custody of the sheriff to be returned to prison to await his sentencing hearing. His lawyer, Cory Strolla, told reporters later that his client was "in disbelief."
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